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Friday, September 27, 2013

Amazing kids!

Here are a couple of kids that are so awesome! I wish every child had this much ambition to serve others and think beyond themselves!



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Monday, October 22, 2012


I think about Who Cares? all the time, yet can't seem to get any posts up! I am busy getting my Master's degree in Social Work and am a Hartford Fellow, which is a concentration in gerontology. I am super duper busy and am loaded with class work, my internship, and then have a family and my health to tend to. Can't wait until May and I graduate!

I participated in a "round-table" tonight at the Senior Center for addressing the issue of elder abuse. I was happy to see some vital people there, which included Fort Collin's Mayor Karen Weitkunat, State Rep John Kefalas, State Rep Randy Fisher, Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson, Lori Metz from Larimer County Adult Protection Services, and many others. There were community resources set up and I got tons of material to grow my knowledge of resources Fort Collins has to offer our older adults. It sparked a little get-up-and-go in me, and that usually leaves me thinking of Who Cares? Because who cares about our elders? I do! Do you?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Good News for Kids Who Want to Know Their Heritage

I was very happy to read this article dated February 16, 2012 from

Students could soon learn Indian languages
Bill aims to make it easier to teach them

By Joe Hanel

DENVER – Indian tribal elders would be able to work in public schools as teachers of their native languages, under a bill that advanced Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Senate Bill 57 authorizes schools to hire people fluent in native languages, even though they might not have a teaching license.

“The tribes have such a great opportunity to get the tribal elders involved in the program,” said Ernest House Jr., secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

Although Southwest Colorado has the state's only two Indian reservations, the bill is modeled on a program in Denver Public Schools. Denver has the state's highest Indian population, including an especially large group of Lakota people.

DPS has been offering Lakota language classes for seven years, said Rose Marie McGuire, the district's Indian education program manager.

Schools used to discourage children from speaking their native languages, and when McGuire was a girl, her teachers would wash her mouth out with soap when she didn't speak English. Today, though, she said educators know better.

“Native students who have a strong foundation in their language and culture do better academically,” McGuire said.

The Senate Education Committee approved SB 57 unanimously. The sponsor, Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, initially ran into problems with a federal law requiring each classroom to have a “highly qualified” teacher.

Williams rewrote her bill to require unlicensed Indian language teachers to be paired with a licensed language teacher.

House hopes the bill will allow Four Corners school districts to help a new generation of Ute and Navajo children.

“English was my first language. Ute was my father's first language. There was a bit of (a challenge) trying to connect with my grandparents,” House said.

But he has seen changes for the better. More Ute children are learning their ancestral language at home now, and House hears the Ute language frequently when he visits the reservation.

The bill now goes to the full Senate. If it passes to the House of Representatives, the sponsor would be Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio.

I sent sponsor Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora a note of appreciation. I think it is so very important for kids of any background to know their heritage, especially Native children who come from families that were forced onto reservations and transported to schools for them to assimilate to "American" culture, punishing those who refused to speak English or let go of their tribal traditions. I'm very excited to hear what happens next.

If you would like to contact Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, her address is Colorado State Capitol 200 E Colfax Denver, CO 80203. I'm going to find out how to contact someone in the House of Representatives to encourage them to pass this into a bill and start teaching the kids their native language and culture!